Ernesto Neto

Galerie Max Hetzler

Right before his exhibition at Max Hetzler, the Brazilian sculptor Ernesto Neto was suddenly inspired to add two photographs to his three floor sculptures. He took the film with him to Berlin, reworked its motifs on a computer there, and sent the collages thus created to a local firm that produced Cibachrome prints for him. The result is a kaleidoscopic close-up of gray and ocher patterned paving blocks in Rio de Janeiro whose individual, hand-hewn stones seem to move in waves. The titles that Neto chose for these impressions of the Brazilian city are as elusive as they are precise: The information of the skin moves through cells communication, 2004, and They say it happens through the proteins dance, 2004. In neither case does Neto comment on the urban topography; rather, his focus is on the interplay of the cityscape and the experience of the observer.

Indeed, the observer’s active

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